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XCEPT FOR A surprise 2003 visit to assess the Eagles, it has been 11 years since Will Shakespeare gave his overview of the Philly sports scene. So much has changed since the end of the Gray Nineties, it's past time to catch up to The Bard, who is now a blogger. Catch Will's rants at BeheadOliverCromwell.com. The Blogging Bard came out smoking, weighing in on the Andy Reid/Donovan McNabb controversies.

BC: What's your biggest beef with Andy Reid?

Bard: The play's the thing. (Hamlet)

BC: And you're still on board with Donovan McNabb?

Bard: A man of my kidney. (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

BC: You had a conversation with Ed Rendell after Eagles "Post-Game Live" Monday night. What did the Guv have to say?

Bard: "I have done the state some service, and they know't. No more of that. I pray you in your letters, when you shall these unlucky deeds relate, speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate." (Othello)

BC: I know you've raised a few flagons of ale to the Phillies' World Series victory. But what was your opinion when Ed Wade hired Charlie Manuel as his manager?

Bard: A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man. (King Lear)

BC: And what's your opinion of Charlie now?

Bard: A man in all the world's new fashion planted, that hath a mint of phrases in his brain. (Love's Labour Lost)

BC: Ryan Howard is the quickest in baseball history to 177 homers. But he is also the quickest in history to 692 strikeouts. Your take on the compleat Howard package?

Bard: Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus; and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourselves dishonourable graves. (Julius Caesar)

BC: What words run through your head when Brad Lidge emerges from the Phillies bullpen?

Bard: Cry "Havoc" and let slip the dogs of war. (Julius Caesar)

BC: What do you guess Andy Reid is thinking when he watches the TV reality show "The Biggest Loser"?

Bard: O that this too too solid flesh would melt. Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew. (Hamlet)

BC: Were you impressed that as the Phillies' title clinching progressed from division pennant, to Division Series, to NLCS, to World Series, they threw less champagne than they drank?

Bard: Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used. (Othello)

BC: In one sentence, sum up the Phillies' invisible ownership.

Bard: Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest. (King Lear)

BC: Did Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski use bad timing when he fired coach Mo Cheeks so early in the season?

Bard: Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news. (Antony and Cleopatra)

BC: The Soul wins the Arena Football League title and the league promptly shuts down. Your thoughts?

Bard: The bright day is done and we are for the dark. (Ibid)

BC: Speaking of hoops, the Saint Joseph's Hawks have a typical overachieving squad. Are you a Phil Martelli fan?

Bard: What he [God] hath scanted men in hair, he hath given them in wit. (The Comedy of Errors)

BC: What went through your mind when Lidge fired that final, unhittable, slider in Game 5 of the World Series?

Bard: O, wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful! and yet again wonderful, and after that out of all whooping. (As You Like It)

BC: What should we make of Cole Hamels being goaded into calling the Mets "chokers" on New York air, no less?

Bard: Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. (King Henry IV)

BC: The Flyers have had that "look" the last month. Can they make a run at the Cup and steal some thunder from the Phillies and Eagles?

Bard: O Kate! Nice customs curtsy to great kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined within the weak list of a country's fashion. (King Henry V)

BC: Now that you are a blogger, what constitutes a satisfying day?

Bard: A hit, a very palpable hit. (Hamlet) *

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